Famous Composers from Hungary

List of notable or famous composers from Hungary, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Hungary and even some popular composers who immigrated to Hungary. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Hungarian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Hungary is included when available.

List features people like Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók and more! Featuring piano composers and more, this list has it all. 

This historic composers from Hungary list can help answer the questions "Who are some Hungarian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Hungary?" These prominent composers of Hungary may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Hungarian composers.

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  • Alexander Laszlo was a Hungarian-American pianist, musical composer, arranger and inventor. He was born Sandor Totis, but used the professional name of Alexander Laszlo as a composer and music publisher. Lazlo studied piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and started as a pianist at the Blüthner Orchestra in Berlin in 1915. He gave piano recitals in Germany and Europe in the 1920s, and was a music director and professor of film music in Berlin. In 1925 Laszlo wrote a text called Color-Light-Music, and toured Europe with a color organ. He also participated in many Jewish lead charities. In the late 1930s he came to the United States, starting in Chicago as music professor at the IIT ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1895-1970)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Béla Bartók
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    Béla Viktor János Bartók (; Hungarian: Bartók Béla, pronounced [ˈbɒrtoːk ˈbeːlɒ]; 25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers (Gillies 2001). Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)
    • Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
  • Edward Kilenyi was a film score composer.
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1884-1968)
    • Birthplace: Békésszentandrás, Hungary
  • Ernő Dohnányi (Hungarian: [ˈɛrnøː ˈdohnaːɲi]; 27 July 1877 – 9 February 1960) was a Hungarian composer, pianist and conductor. He used a German form of his name, Ernst von Dohnányi, on most of his published compositions. The "von" implies nobility, and, according to the biography by his third wife, his family was ennobled in 1697 and given a family crest, which she describes in some detail.
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1877-1960)
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Ferenc Farkas
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    Ferenc Farkas (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈfɒrkɒʃ]; 15 December 1905 – 10 October 2000) was a Hungarian composer.
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1905-2000)
    • Birthplace: Nagykanizsa, Hungary
  • Franz Lehár
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    Franz Lehár ( LAY-har; Hungarian: Lehár Ferenc [ˈlɛhaːr ˈfɛrɛnt͡s]; 30 April 1870 – 24 October 1948) was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe).
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1870-1948)
    • Birthplace: Hungary, Komárom